Fencing’s Jones Set for Third Trip to NCAA Championships

Fencing’s Jones Set for Third Trip to NCAA Championships

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University men's fencing senior Simon Jones will make his third straight appearance at the NCAA Championships, representing the Bears at NCAAs during men's epee competition on Saturday and Sunday at Brandeis University's Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. 

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What: NCAA Fencing Championships
When: Thursday, March 24 to Sunday, March 27
Where: Gosman Sports and Convocation Center; Waltham, Mass.
Host: Brandeis University 

Last season Simon Jones '16 (Louisville, Colo.) earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as he placed 12th in men's epee at the NCAA Championships. In his first appearance at the national tournament in 2014 he finished in 18th place in men's epee. 

Senior Simon Jones earned a fifth-place finish in men's epee to lead Brown at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Sunday, Mar. 13 at Walker Field House on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Jones (Louisville, Colo.) went 14-9 overall on the day on his way to a top-5 finish. Freshman Umar Masood (Pittsford, N.Y.) stood as the only other Bear to reach the final round, placing 12th in men's foil. Senior Lauren Altman (New York, N.Y.) paced the women's side with a 13th-place finish in women's sabre. 

In 2015, Brown qualified five fencers for the NCAA Championships and finished in a tie for 13th, matching the best team finish in program history, also set in 2011 and 2012.

Simon Jones '16 led the group with his 12th-place finish in men's epee. Alex Palabrica '17 (Los Angeles, Calif.) came in 16th in men's sabre, Christine Whalen '15 (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Clara Tondato Da Ruos '17 (Milan, Italy) came in a tie for 19th in women's sabre, and Signe Ferguson '18 (Wilmington, Del.) placed 23rd in women's epee.

In 2014, Brown sent four student-athletes to NCAAs, and in 2013 the team qualified two fencers to the championships. Brown sent a school-record six competitors to the national tournament in 2012. 

Brown men's fencing won the Northeast Fencing Conference title in 2015-16, finishing 10-0 in league play. In the combined standings, the Bears came in third with an 18-3 mark while the women's side placed fourth with a 9-3 record.

Individually, senior Simon Jones (Louisville, Colo.) led all fencers in men's epee with a 24-4 (85.7 percent) record. Classmate Kyle Kennedy (Wall, N.J.) topped the men's foil standings with a 24-1 (96.0 percent) record. Sophomore Signe Ferguson (Wilmington, Del.) led the Brown women with a 21-4 (84.0 percent) mark in women's epee for second place in that weapon's standings. 

Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon will fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place.

An institution's place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.

Competition Schedule
Day Date Time Weapon(s) Rounds
Thu. Mar. 24 9:30 a.m. W. Foil 1-3
    11:30 a.m. W. Epee 1-3
    2:00 p.m. W. Sabre 1-3
Fri. Mar. 25 9:00 a.m. W. Foil, Epee, Sabre 4-5
    1:30 p.m. W. Foil, Epee, Sabre Semis, Finals (ESPN3)
Sat. Mar. 26 9:30 a.m. M. Foil 1-3
    11:30 a.m. M. Epee 1-3
    2:00 p.m. M. Sabre 1-3
Sun. Mar. 27 9:00 a.m. M. Foil, Epee, Sabre 4-5
    1:30 p.m. M. Foil, Epee, Sabre Semis, Finals (ESPN3)